- Posted March 11, 2014 by
Car Parts And Systems To Check Regularly
Nothing can beat the joy and pleasure of driving out in a traffic-less and open road out in the country. But before embarking on long road trips or journeys, you also have to check that your car is indeed in safe and good working order. There can be nothing more frustrating and unsafe than suddenly having your car breaking down in the middle of the road, with no one near or quick enough to help you.
As such, whether you are going on long road trips or even just on a quick drive to run an errand, it is still quite advisable to check some of your car parts and systems to make sure that you will not encounter any inadvertent vehicular problems or get involved in any accident.
To start with, when you get into your car, check your car’s brake system. This is a car feature that undergoes the usual wear and tear and thus, can be one of those systems and parts that can malfunction immediately. If you’ve have your car for quite a long time and you find the brake pedal feels a bit light already or it throbs greatly when you push it, these are just some signs that they need to be inspected properly by mechanics and even replaced.
The engine and engine cooling system also needs to checked regularly. No car can run or work without an engine. And if the engine is giving out a sweet smell, leaks and even overheats frequently, there may be something wrong with it.
The tires also have to be checked regularly. Increase in ride disturbance, wobbling, bouncing and vibration on the steering wheel and floorboard are symptoms of misaligned tires. And you will also notice that the disturbance gets even more obvious when you increase your speed.
Lighting and wipers are also essential to check since these features make sure that you can see clearly when driving. The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow or dirt from piling up on the windshield and removes them to give the driver clear visibility. And the lighting system gives you nighttime visibility, signals and alerts other drivers, and provides the light for seeing instruments in and on the vehicle’s interior.
Lastly, the steering and suspension systems need to be checked regularly, too. The suspension system sustains the working relationship between the wheels and the frame and interacts with the steering system to allow you to completely control the vehicle. This system also helps absorb the energy from road irregularities such as bumps and potholes and maintains vehicle stability. The steering system conducts your input from the steering wheel to the steering gear and other components to control the car’s direction. If you frequently experience loss of control on your car or hear noise and feel vibration when cornering, it is high time to go to the mechanic.